Book List in Order: 71 titles

  • Four tales of fantasy from a twentieth-century literary master—selected as the 1975 New York Times Outstanding Book for Children John Gardner’s first children’s book takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head. In the title story,...


  • John Gardner’s classic fairy-tale collection depicts a world where anything can happen—and often doesA humble thistle girl, a wise old philosopher, a hapless woodchopper, and an unscrupulous king—these are the vivid protagonists of Gardner’s ...


  • The classic children's collection: four fantastical stories filled with wit and wisdom, humor and heart In this wonderful collection of fairy tales, John Gardner turns a timeless tradition into a topsy-turvy whirlwind. In the title story, a kindly s...


  • An intricately woven fable filled with magical creaturesand astonishing surprises In this wonderful fantasy, John Gardner weaves tales within tales to bring a magical world to vivid life. When three travelers on their way to the Suicide Mountai...


  • A wonderful exploration into the maturation process across the course of human life Laid to waste by drink, Agathon, a seer, is a shell of a man. He sits imprisoned with his apprentice, Peeker, for his presumed involvement in a rebellion against...


  • It is the turn of the century and, having survived the struggle with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is alive and well and about to realize his plans to establish crime syndicates in the major cities of the United S...


  • England, June 1944. Exactly one week after the D-Day landings came the vengeance weapons. It was the beginning of a period which, to the war-weary inhabitants of southern England, was psychologically much worse than the days of the Blitz. With All...


  • In 1943, The United Kingdom is alive with men and women making ready for the greatest invasion in history: preparing to assault Hitler's Fortress Europe. The skies are full of training aircraft, their engines merging with the throb of the RAF and USA...


  • The legacy of Jack the Ripper lives on When Phillip Tarpin is summoned from London to take up a top executive position at a New York publishing house, fortune seems to be smiling on him. But he is soon to be a victim of past history and past secrets....






  • The third adventure of the feisty Suzie MountfordUnder the shadows of the first B17s taking off from East Anglia in 1942, the Ascoli family is found ruthlessly murdered their faces blasted off with a shotgun. It's an intriguing inquiry, all the more ...


  • The second book in the new detective series from a master storyteller The year is 1941, and London is still at war. After her adventures in Bottled Spider, WPC Suzie Mountford is back, and working the beat in West End Central - a notoriously dangerou...



  • Retired spy Charlie Gauntlet heads for Ireland with his cop wife to track down a nasty assassin called the Alchemist, thus embarking on a treacherous journey that involves an ancient manuscript and a notorious British turncoat....


  • When a British-owned aircraft is destroyed at Dulles Airpot, killing the almost four hundred passengers on board, including his old lover, the Principessa Sukie Tempesta, James Bond embarks on a personal quest to find the fanatical terrorists respons...


  • in Murder for Love

    Sixteen stories about love gone wrong consider the link between romance and death and include contributions by such popular authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Jonathan Kellerman, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain, and Joyce Carol Oates. Reprint....


  • She is beautiful. She is Russian. And she is very, very dangerous. Once Xenia worked for the KGB. But her new master is Janus, a powerful and ambitious Russian leader who no longer cares about ideology. Janus's ambitions are money and power: his norm...


  • Retired and miserable, Big Herbie searches for an old friend's killers Heartbroken and unemployed, Herbie Kruger has turned to the bottle. Over decades in the Secret Intelligence Service, he has learned to hold his liquor wellpairing his scotch wi...


  • A self-made millionaire is known to British Intelligence as a notorious arms dealer whose bloody acts have earned him the name Apocalypse, and James Bond must prevent him from returning to a reunited Germany. Reprint....


  • Tracking down an orchestra conductor whom he believes had been a spy for the Germans during World War II, master spy "Big Herbie" Krueger finds himself in an unexpected partnership with the conductor when a team of assassins strikes. Reprint....


  • James Bond is called in to investigate the murder of a British Security Service agent in Switzerland and uncovers a link to four high-profile assassinations that puts him on the trail of a ruthless serial killer. Reprint....


  • The Cold War is over. After two British agents die under mysterious and strangely old-fashioned circumstances in Germany, Bond is paired up with beautiful CIA agent “Easy” St John. He’s been assigned to track down the surviving memb...


  • James Bond has been partnered with an Israeli Mossad agent, Pete Natkowitz, and assigned to work with the KGB to infiltrate a terrorist group. The group, The Scales of Justice, are demanding the trial of a suspected Nazi war criminal and each day of ...


  • Bond has lost his licence to kill. After he took revenge on the CIA agent who handed his friend over to the master criminal, Sanchez, M revoked his double 0 status and he's considered a rogue agent. With MI6 trying to bring him in and only the suppor...


  • During a vacation trip to San Francisco, James Bond confronts a complex espionage plot and his deadliest enemy yet--Fu-Chu Lee, an evil super-criminal known to both the underworld and intelligence agencies as Brokenclaw...


  • Assigned to babysit British, Russian, and American ambassadors meeting aboard the HMS Illustrious, James Bond is surprised to find boredom turned into bedlam when a terrorist group takes over the vessel...


  • The final volume in The Secret Generations Trilogy It is December 1964, and Caspar Railton is dead. But after a lifetime of distinguished work in the British Secret Intelligence Service, it now appears that Caspar was a traitor. Sine his death, wi...


  • When the body of a mysterious woman is found to be carrying the phone number of James Bond, Bond is called in by M to help the investigation. But before he can even reach headquarters he is nearly run off the road in a high-speed motorway chase. Some...


  • The second volume in The Secret Generations Trilogy Set between the final months of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, The Secret Houses continues the saga of two families, the Railtons in Britain and the Farthings in America, intertw...


  • Two female agents of Operation Cream Cake—double agents and honey traps against the KGB—are murdered. Bond must find the others and conduct them to safety before they meet a similar fate.In a race against time, Bond travels to Ireland and the KGB...






  • A passionate portrait of a family''s attempts to understand the meaning behind personal tragedy. When Professor James Chandler learns he is dying from leukemia, he moves his family to his childhood home in Batavia, New York. There, surrounded by love...


  • The first volume of The Secret Generations Triology The Secret Generations is drawn from the history of Britain’s intelligence and security services. Through the story of one family, the Railtons, whose lives become caught up in some of the grea...


  • “Take care 007. Take special care. The continent’s a hotbed of villainy these days and you can never be too careful.”Bond was supposed to be on leave. But SPECTRE leader Tamil Rahani, dying from injuries suffered at Bond’s han...


  • This volume includes "Stillness," a short novel undertaken by the author and his first wife as an exploration of their pasts as individuals and as a couple, and "Shadows," an unfinished long novel about a drunk, amnesiac detective's search for authen...



  • The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry...



  • The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements.The final novel by John Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a moto...


  • For serious infractions, James Bond is drummed out of the British secret service and, as an apparently free agent, is hired by a mastermind of international crime, who was formerly America's foremost military computer expert...


  • "John Gardner was famous for his generosity to young writers, and (this book) is his . . . gift to them. The Art of Fiction will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer, it will become a necessary handbook, ...


  • An inspired book of short stories that explores the profound relationship between life and art While mourning the loss of his son in the Vietnam War, an Italian chef reflects on the importance of art for future generations. An American boy retreats i...


  • """One of the greatest creative writing teachers we''ve ever had."" —Frederick BuschOn Becoming a Novelist contains the wisdom accumulated during John Gardner''s distinguished twenty-year career as a fiction writer and creative writing teacher...


  • BOND IS BACK -- BETTER THAN EVER! SPECTRE IS BACK, TOO -- James Bond thought he had destroyed SPECTRE years ago. He was wrong. Now he is assigned to smash the most evil force on earth once and for all, with all his usual deadly skills and all his ...


  • For the first time in trade paperback―with new introductions―the novels that began John Gardner's career as the author of the thrilling James Bond 007 series. In Icebreaker, as indestructible as ever, Bond is back in another mission―a deadly as...



  • His assignment is more awesome -- His weapons are more potent -- His foes are more fiendish -- His women are more willing -- and JAMES BOND is better than ever! ...



  • EUROPE HAS FALLEN UNDER SOVIET RULE. AND AMERICA HAS FALLEN TO ITS KNEES... Sweeping across the borders, Soviet troops have occupied every major European city and port. Now, they're calling a summit conference in Dublin. And the U.S. president will ...


  • Freddy Agaard, son of a college professor, has projected himself into a story of Gustav, a sixteenth-century Scandinavian king, and Lars-Goren, a brave knight who, like Freddy, is a giant and suffers from his physical condition...


  • Herbie Kruger, a European intelligence expert, must uncover the connections between Hildegarde Fenderman, an aging German beauty who suddenly enters his life, and bloodcurdling plots in wartime Germany and France...






  • "Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. New Directions is excited to reissue the Gardner classics, beginning with October Light, a complex relationship rendered in a down-to-earth narrative. October Light is one of John Gardner''s masterwo...


  • Nobody escapes the past--and Boysie Oakes knows all too well that he is no exception. So when the wily Moslyn, his former boss in the Department employs him once again, it is with sinking heart and fluttering stomach that Boysie is forced to retur...


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    San Francisco 1896. The foggy mists are lifting, and who should emerge from the sinister back alleys to reclaim his title as the most dangerous scientific criminal of his time but the nefarious Professor James Moriarty! Rising like a wicked phoenix f...


  • An iconic collection that showcases Gardner as a master craftsman navigating an uncertain worldIn this exceptional book, author John Gardner explores the literary form as a vehicle of vision, and creates heroes that personify his tremendous artistic ...


  • London’s underworld was quietly and profitably controlled by the Magnus boys -- two men of compelling evil. Their methods were simple because no terror, no act of brutality, was too extreme. Their orders were always carried out, or had been, until ...


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    London is in terror. The streets are filled with dippers, macers and bullies of every description, all collecting "contributions for the Professor." But Holmes saw Professor Moriarty swept over a waterfall in Switzerland! Could it be that Europe's Ma...


  • John Gardner's most poignant novel of improbable love.At the heart of John Gardner's Nickel Mountain is an uncommon love story: when at 42, the obese, anxious and gentle Henry Soames marries seventeen-year-old Callie Wells—who is pregnant with the ...


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     A mythological masterpiece about dedication and the disintegration of romantic affection In this magnificent epic poem, John Gardner renders his interpretation of the ancient story of Jason and Medeia. Confined in the palace of King Creon, and lon...


  • John Gardner's sweeping portrait of the collision of opposing philosophical perspectives in 1960s America, centering on the appearance of a mysterious stranger in a small upstate New York town. One summer day, a countercultural drifter known only as ...


  • The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This  classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the mo...


  • Boysie Oakes, ex anguished agent, ex defective private eye, and greying horrifically at the temples, is facing the wilderness of middle-age supported only by the Welfare State. At long last Boysie Oakes has reached seedy maturity - and he plans to g...





  • Deep in the heart of London a secret meeting is taking place. Drastic plans are being put into action. But Boysie Oakes, the suave, womanising special agent for British Intelligence, is unaware of the events unfolding around him - and is revelling in...



  • The Cold War is at its height.And Boysie Oakes is back in another terrifying adventure. The reluctant assassin has been sent to Berlin to make a kill 'in the cold' on the other side of the Wall.Trying to remember his own code-name, he is soon battlin...





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    Two arthritic, old spooks coincidentally meet up in a small Spanish town and their conversation brings back memories they would prefer to forget. Sunday lunch with an active Bulgarian spy takes Neil back to his past but he struggles with the history ...